Leila Gardner

Mission Support Assistant Director

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Leila with students

Helping Others to Show Hospitality and Friendship to Internationals

Leila has volunteered with IFI since she was a student at OSU in 1988. She has enjoyed all aspects of IFI: leading Bible discussion groups, ESL classes for wives, and the mom’s group and has had students stay temporarily and live for longer periods with her family in their home. She has befriended and shared God’s love with students, scholars and their families from all over the world.

Leila has officially worked at IFI since 2005. She has been involved in volunteer and church relations, event planning and fundraising efforts. Most recently she is responsible to oversee the staff  in Columbus who support the campus ministry efforts, which includes volunteer and church relations, communication, development, and events. Contact her at .

When Leila is not working at IFI she can be found working out, teaching, co-leading a small group for her church, hanging out with international friends, traveling, reading, and doing other activities with her husband and adult children.



All funds raised through this link will support outreach efforts to international students in Columbus through IFI.

“Don’t neglect to show hospitality to strangers…” Hebrews 13:2

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